Game 4 of the 1986 American League Championship Series between the Boston Red Sox vs the California Angels was played on Saturday, October 11, 1986, at Anaheim Stadium in Anaheim, California….the home of the Angels….as the game was won by California by a score of 1 – 0 in a serious pitching duel between Boston’s Roger Clemens and Mike Witt of the Angels.
Angels relief pitcher Doug Corbett pitched a perfect tenth and eleventh innings….as California broke through in the bottom of the eleventh when Jerry Narron scored on Bobby Grich’s one-out single….thus giving California a 4–3 win and a 3–1 series lead. Roger Clemens, the Game 1 loser for the Red Sox, started Game 4….and was solid for most of the game….as Boston put up a run in the sixth and two more in the eighth on two hits, a wild pitch, a passed ball, and two errors….but left the bases loaded. In the bottom of the ninth, Angels 3B Doug DeCinces led off with a home run. After the next batter grounded out, Schofield and Bob Boone singled….and after coming within two outs of a complete game….Clemens was removed….and Boone was replaced with a pinch runner….as Pettis was batting next and doubled to score Schofield…..then Ruppert Jones was intentionally walked to load the bases….which proved to be a fatal mistake….as two batters later, Downing was hit by a pitch which brought in the tying run.